Safe & Healthy Pregnancy: the Best Free, Online Resources



Pregnancy is a great time to go green! Here are several excellent online guides for a natural pregnancy that are free, concise, and doable.

Environmental Chemicals: Stay Safe During Pregnancy 

by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (2013)
This infographic is the shortest and sweetest of all the recommendations, but it comes from an authoritative source. In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a joint statement urging ob-gyns "to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents," and to counsel their patients on how to avoid environmental toxins.  Their infographic offers women six tips for a safe pregnancy, mostly related to diet. If you want to delve deeper into the reasons for their recommendations you can read the document "Exposure to Toxic Environmental Agents." Be warned though, it's scary stuff (I wouldn't read it if I were pregnant).

Easy Steps to a Safer Pregnancy 

by Healthy Child Healthy World (2014)
This visually appealing 50-page guide has chapters about home detox (addresses lead, radon, pesticides, and indoor air quality), personal care, cleaning, eating, and preparing the nursery. Read it as an online interactive e-book or download as a PDF. For an ultra-concise version of their guide check out the two-page PDF brochure. The related infographic "When Looking Good Is Bad for Baby" specifically addresses personal products.

EWG's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy 

by Environmental Working Group (2013)
This two-page PDF discusses food and water, plus a list of chemically-laden products and tasks that should be avoided.

Tips to Avoid Toxic Chemicals Before, During, and After Pregnancy 

by Women's Voices for the Earth (2014)
This two-page PDF offers 10 steps to eliminating toxins from your personal products, food, and home with brief explanations of the problems with conventional products and links to additional resources.

Visit my Pinterest board Safe & Healthy Pregnancy for additional resources.

You may also be interested in reading: 

The Best Free, Online Resources for Non-toxic Baby Care




What resources have you used for a safe & healthy pregnancy? 
If you know of another fabulous resource or have written a post on the topic, please share in the comments!


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